JMARIES51's SparkPeople Blog JMARIES51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Great Way to Burn Calories <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> On Saturday we went to the zoo. I haven't been there for maybe 15 years or so. I was very impressed with how nice the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma has created a nice living environment for the animals. And we walked over 3 miles, so it was good for the humans, too. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:49:08 EST Beautiful Summer <img src=""> Last week I babysat my Granddaughter for the week. Whew, I really felt like I was out of shape. 3 year olds have an incredible amount of energy and then they sleep and renew. <BR> <BR> This summer we are taking 2 walks everyday - 1 in AM and 1 in PM. This amounts to about 3 to 4 miles of walking a day, which is probably not a lot by most standards. I am happy that we are keeping up with this because if I didn't do thi... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:48:11 EST Monday Morning Inspiration <img src=""> <BR> Today I will live my life with a little more Spark - and know that life is full of endless possibilities. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:36:58 EST Getting Back On Track <img src=""> <BR> I haven't been very active on Spark for the past couple of months and today I decided that I need to step on the scale and take a reality check. I am up 4 pounds and I know that if I don't do anything about this now, it will be another 2 months to pass and another 4 pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> So today I am going to start tracking my food again. I am going to put a few more steps on my Fitbit everyday. I am going to d... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:55:49 EST Our Walk Tonight <link><BR>list=UUSHtJNHeHxPG_1q0-rGQbjw&feature=<BR>share </link> We have a lot of birds that gather in the evening at the bottom of the hill that we live on. They seem to harbor where Olney Creek spills into the Puget Sound. The video was shot tonight at sunset. The pictures below we took from our deck - which is the awesome view we see everyday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 02:55:28 EST June - Sunshine and Flowers and Feeling Good <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been working on my garden a lot lately and the sunshine and the beauty of nature really makes me feel good. Nothing profound to say today, just wanted to share this wonderful feeling. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:03:58 EST Happy Mother's Day <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day. I know the sunset might seem like a strange picture to pick for this day, but I love sunsets. And since this is my day (being a Mom X3, I figured I should post something that makes me feel good. Go out and do something that makes you feel good today. <link> </link> Sun, 11 May 2014 13:01:52 EST May Day, the fogotten Holiday (at least here in the US) <img src=""> <img src="">When I was very young, May Day used to be a very special holiday. Usually at school we would make these baskets out of paper by weaving strips of paper together, or by making a cone. Then in the evening, just about at sunset, we would pick flowers (sometimes stealing beautiful flowers out of our neighbors gardens) and put the baskets on our neighbors front po... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:37:13 EST My Daily Walk with the Dogs I was going to write a blog yesterday about our walks with the dogs, but got carried away with adding it to our YouTube channel. So here it is. It is from yesterday in Port Orchard, WA. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> We take the same walk everyday because we can let the dogs off leash and not run into any other people or animals. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see special birds. This woodpecker has been pecking away for a couple weeks. Finally I spotted it up in the tr... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:29:54 EST Morning Inspiration <img src="">I love to surf the web in the morning to find little sayings and quotes that inspire me to have a good day. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about how important it is to nourish the soul, the mind and the body with good thoughts, great exercise, and healthy food. It really is true that all the choices we make during the day create our life. This morning I thought about what I could eat that would nourish my body, mind and soul -... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:33:20 EST Morning Solitude <img src="">Starting the day with meditation and a good cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Thoughts that make my heart smile. <BR> <BR> <img src="">My mantra for today. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Something for the funny bone. <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:33:11 EST Jules, This One is for YOU! "LIFECHANGZ wonders if plucking naval fuzz is more fun with friends? Come share the Spark & Be Sparked! " <link><BR>FECHANGZ </link> <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks I have been getting used to my new schedule as a retired person. Wow, I really didn't think about much work retirement would be. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> It is amazing that after working outside of my home for 50 years I thought that I was ready to spend some time doing nothing and lovi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:11:01 EST COMING TO THE END OF LOVING MYSELF MONTH This morning I woke up ready to see what results I have for this month. The first thing I thought of was stepping on the scale to see how my weight had changed. It is exactly the same as it was at the beginning of the month. I won't lie to you, I was a little upset with myself. So then I started thinking -- why is this the one thing that I let be the measure of my progress for my life? After all haven't I just spent a whole month focusing on what it means to love myself? <img src="http:/... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:37:34 EST RETIREMENT - DAY 1 This is the day I have been waiting for - for so many years. <em>249</em> of the rest of my life. Wow, I don't think that I have ever quite felt the enormity of an event in quite the same way as this. First of all, it was my total choice to stop working. Nobody told me I had to do this. And second of all, I really have no plans for my future. Of course I have thought a lot about what I would like to do during my retirement. Everything centers around being healthy, in good shape, and... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:17:43 EST What is Self Love? This month I am focusing on loving myself. It has been quite enlightening and very inspirational. There are some wonderful websites that have great ideas about how to learn to love yourself. <link> </link> This is just one example. It gives 24 tips or steps to self love. <BR> <BR> But besides the "doing" steps I have been trying to find what my "feeling" of self love is. <BR> <img src=""> This is the ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:11:23 EST Loving Myself <img src=""> <BR> I have loved this quote for a very long time and it was always the motto that I tried to live up to for myself. However, I am just beginning to understand how my work life has been a compromise for loving myself for many years. <BR> <BR> For years I have worked in a job that I do not enjoy. I did it because it paid well, it gave me good benefits, it allowed me health insurance - which was something I couldn't live wi... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:16:38 EST MARCH GOAL - AND THERE IS ONLY 1 This month of March I am working on only 1 goal. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:30:25 EST What Else Can I do to have a Healthy Heart? <img src=""> There are so many choices a person has to make to keep their heart healthy. Exercise and eating a good diet are just 2 key factors to keeping your heart healthy. But what about the other variables that are a bit more complicated to control? <BR> Lately my work has been changing a lot. The technological changes are beyond my expertise. The procedural changes are so complicated, I have to spend part of the day taking cour... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:59:46 EST Healthy Heart Month Drawing to a Close In honor of February and emphasizing heart health, I have been reading about all facets of a healthy heart. It isn't that I have learned anything profound, but I thought it might help me to stay focused on the important reasons to eat healthy and exercise. <img src=""> My family has a propensity for heart disease and diabetes, so this is a huge motivation for me to keep myself on a healthy road. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:24:41 EST Tending to My Heart Here we are half way through February. It has been a pretty difficult month for me. When February started I was all gung ho on sticking with my good eating plans, exercising everyday, and making the month of the heart, the healthiest month of my life. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But as life has its own plans of what is going to happen, this month I lost 3 very dear people in my life - 2 to cancer and 1 to Alzheimer's. My brother ha... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:41:04 EST Memories Live in the Heart “It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought o... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:02:43 EST Quote of Inspiration about the Heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington Irving <BR> A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. <BR> -----------------... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:56:10 EST Heart Healthy Foods <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tegory/health-conditions-and-diseases/<BR>heart-health/heart-healthy-foods-shopp<BR>ing-list </link> <BR> <BR> Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping list <BR> <BR> When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Follow these tips for heart healthy eating: <BR> 1.Eat less saturated and trans fat. Stay away from fatty meats, fried foods, cakes, and cookies. <BR> 2.Cut... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 19:55:43 EST FEBRUARY IS HEALTHY HEART MONTH <img src=""> In honor of Valentines Day and healthy heart month, this month I am going to put all my attention on my heart. What this means to me is: <BR> 1. Focus on exercise that helps the heart <img src=""> <BR> 2. Blog about topics of the heart <BR> 3. Eat healthy heart foods <img src=""> <BR> 4. Read about topics on a he... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:41:43 EST Self Hypnosis, Does it Work? <link><BR>feature=share&list=PLh-oskEeEFGec_FTh-<BR>sCrSeActR6A_Lyq </link> This past month I have been experimenting with self hypnosis for weight loss, using this YouTube video. I listened to a lot of videos before I chose this one. I chose it because I liked his message and also his voice. <BR> <BR> I have trouble getting to sleep at night and staying asleep so I listen to the radio in my ears at night. It keeps me from thinking about things whe... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:55:31 EST Can You Visualize a New YOU? <img src=""> <BR> One of the exercises that I find in a lot of weight loss programs is to get a good mental picture of what you will look like when you lose all your weight. Since I have never been below 158 in my adult life, I have no conception in my mind of what I would look like. Is this a problem for anybody else? <BR> <BR> I once did one of those put my head on somebody else's body - pictures and I liked it. But it was Sarah Jes... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:11:47 EST Five Things I am Grateful for Today A wonderful exercise to remind me of what I am grateful for. <BR> 1. The mental ability to make healthy choices <BR> 2. The physical strength to exercise the body I love <BR> 3. The emotional balance to keep myself on track even while living through stressful events <BR> 4. The spiritual awareness to know that when I take care of myself - I am also sharing this with everyone that my life touches <BR> 5. The balance that I have been able to achieve in my life by making healthy choices. <BR... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:37:49 EST OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES Today I am on Day 6 of The Mental Toughness Training - and I had been thinking about something that happened at the grocery store the other day. I was browsing in the meat department and there was a little boy about 4 years old with his Grandma and he was quite precocious, talking to all the people who passed by. His Grandma seemed to be ignoring him as much as she could - and so he started engaging the butcher in a conversation. As I passed by, I kind of thought to myself what kind of pe... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:22:20 EST Mental Toughness Training Day 3 <link> </link> <BR> Having read a few blogs here on Sparkpeople about the Mental Toughness Training from the website, I had a lot of curiosity about what this was all about. So far I completely agree with Steve Siebold. The only thing I can tell someone is check it out for yourself. Some people will probably object to his choice of words, but if you listen to him long enough you will understand that fat losers means you are losing fat and saving your life... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:57:58 EST Thoughts on Turning 63- To My Fellow Sparkies Today is day 61 of my current streak of staying active and eating healthy. I think during these past 61 days I have only had 2 days that seemed like a struggle with eating healthy and only 1 time have I had a slight binge on granola cereal. So <em>244</em> to me because I know in my heart that this journey is not always going to be easy. <BR> <BR> I have been reading a lot of blogs lately, listening to Spark Radio, and also reading other sources of motivation and there are a few thing... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:15:35 EST Chances VS Choices - Feeding Emotional Stress After reading Sparkfriend Sharon10002 couple of blogs on Loving Yourself, Healing Yourself - <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582093 </link> <BR> I got to thinking about what sort of chances am I able to take in order to heal from feeding emotional stress. A huge chance for me would be to actually voice my feelings instead of holding them inside. Why is this a chance and not a choice? Well, I would be taking the chance that I might really... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:26:30 EST Choices - Feeding Emotional Stress After 54 days of eating healthy and staying within my calorie range, last night I binged on granola. I don't normally write confessional type blogs, but this whole binge thing was kind of interesting and I just need to reflect on it a bit. <BR> <BR> Lately I haven't had a lot of stress in my life. But all of a sudden yesterday there were a couple of things that cropped up that could be potentially a bit of ongoing stress until they can be resolved. One is with getting my father's estate ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:17:41 EST 3 C's of Life - Chances, Choices, Changes <img src=""> <BR> Very simply said and so true - You must be brave enough to take the chances, and clever enough to make smart choices in order to create the changes that you desire in life. <BR> <BR> The chances that I will take in 2014 are: <BR> 1. I will take the chance to allow myself to make mistakes - this means that if I make choices that do not support my goals, that I will get myself back on track - not give up <BR> 2. I wil... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:57:15 EST NEVER GIVE UP ON A DREAM <img src=""> <BR> NEVER GIVE UP ON A DREAM JUST BECAUSE OF HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH IT. THAT TIME WILL PASS ANYWAY. - EARL NIGHTENGALE Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:10:09 EST Looking Back-- So Happy with Today <img src=""> Today I took a look back at where I started (weight wise) on Spark and visually saw the graph of my yoyo dieting pattern. Lately I have really felt very strong in not judging myself by the number on the scale, but instead to judge my progress by the non scale victories. <BR> <BR> So I know that overall I have not made a huge dent in the amount of pounds I want to lose. However there are so many changes that I have made... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 01:05:49 EST Motivational Reminders When you are feeling down, it is good to remember why you started. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And it is also good to remember that it only takes one tiny change to get back on track <img src=""> Life is always about the choices we make moment by moment. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:12:33 EST I AM NOT MY BODY <img src=""> I am not my body. But my body is the vehicle that people identify as me. So if you look at me and see an obese woman in her mid 60's, who struggles sometimes to move the vehicle around in the world, that is true. But the real me is the spirit that lives inside this vehicle. It is the soul that came out of nowhere and will return to ?? when I am finished with this earthly journey. <BR> <BR> I often forget that I am not m... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:07:15 EST December Goals <img src=""> <BR> My December goals are going to be totally different than I have ever done before. Thank you CHRISTASP for reminding me of something that I had forgotten. <BR> 1. Start each day with a prayer - <BR> 2. Listen to my body to know how much nourishment it needs - using the guidelines that I have learned on SP <BR> 3. Honor my body with exercise that will strengthen it. If I am feeling tired - let it rest. If I am feel... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:28:00 EST The Story of my Thanksgiving <img src="">Getting up early was part of the big plan. I got in a good half hour workout and felt so proud of myself. I just had a small breakfast so that I wouldn't be outrageously hungry. We planned to have a brunch so that we could all do our own thing later in the day. And then it happened. The fresh donuts arrived and all of my good plans of eating in moderation flew out the window. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:58:01 EST REMEMBER TO SEE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THIS NEW DAY! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Reminding myself that dreaming of a healthy, strong body is important, but doing to the work to realize the dream is even more important. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:06:44 EST NEW DAY MOTIVATION <img src=""> Every time I see the sun rise I am reminded that we have another opportunity to make great choices. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and holiday (if you live in US) this week. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:19:45 EST A Little Reflection <img src=""> Today would have been my Mom's 91st birthday. After JFK was assassinated, we always celebrated her birthday on Thanksgiving. She hated being reminded that her birthday was the day of that tragic event, and Thanksgiving was always such a joyous time for her. <BR> <BR> She was not only a fantastic Mom, she was a lifelong educator. Because of her there are many people in this world that had successful careers as lawyers, sci... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:14:14 EST Simple - Easy and Good Motivation <img src=""> <img src=""> Sometimes the simplest sayings are the one that motivate me the most. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:37:26 EST Thankful to be Motivated <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Today I woke up with so much joy in my heart just to know that I am working on my health and wellness. And I am thankful for all my friends, family and Sparkfriends who support me on this journey. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:14:42 EST Motivation to keep on Going <img src="">Happy knowing that today is another chance to keep on going. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:18:12 EST Motivation to Stick With It <img src=""> <img src=""> Some positive self talk to start the work week. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago when I had been working for my boss for 5 years, I thought it was time to ask for more vacation time. I gathered all my courage and went in to ask the big question. Well the response was not one I expected. He said that they had decided to give me a lot of time off. My work w... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:08:23 EST Motivation to take time to Relax and Enjoy NOW <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> When I get on a roll with working out and things are going well, I get a bit over aggressive - wanting to do everything TODAY, IF NOT SOONER. It is as if I have to make up for lost time. <BR> <BR> Weight loss and working ou... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:00:54 EST A Little Motivation To Get the Day Going <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> 1st week of staying on track - the honeymoon stage. <BR> 2nd week of staying on track - the I think I am on a roll stage. <BR> <BR> I am just starting week 2 and I know that in order to keep myself on track, I have to keep myself motivated. This is a lifestyle change, not a 2 week diet and exercise plan. The changes I am making will have to be a lifet... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:13:05 EST Motivation for Change <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="">(Change is life giving. It helps us grow into someone greater than we already are.) <BR> Life is constantly changing whether we like it or not. Some changes are difficult to accept, like when a loved one passes away or we are faced with battling a disease that leaves our bodies differe... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:35:29 EST Motivation for Wednesday - 11/13/13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I know that no one can really stop me but myself and that really no one can help me but myself. " Peter Nivio Zarlenga <BR> <BR> Sometimes in life accomplishments come easy. You don't even think about how you accomplished them. Sometimes our goals are achieved because we have been part of a team that was able to get things completed. And of course there are the great successes in life that we just know how ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:07:04 EST